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We are happy to bring out a new program specially for business executives.The iCMG Enterprise Architecture Leadership Certification (iEALC) Program is aimed at evaluating skills and experiences necessary to practice Enterprise Architecture successfully in your organization by creating, evaluating and executing business strategies that get results. In the last 14 years, iCMG Consultants have instrumental in creating services to support the architecture ecosystem across the globe (42 Plus countries). Every year, our consultants are part of the hundreds of engagements, learning & certification delivery Programs ranging from SMEs to Fortune 100 companies. In the last five years alone, over 800 case studies...
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In the last two posts, you heard John discussing and uncovering the myths about his framework. In this part, we will look at adoption of Zachman Framework across various industries or regions. Also, what can a CEO expect from Enterprise Architecture team? Is it possible to deliver solution options in 30-45 days cycle? One of the common problem facing most of the enterprise is related to their IT department. Often code champions augur writing code a better short term strategy than Architecture.  Why isn't Enterprise Architecture universal and generally accepted? Do you see EA evolving into an actual discipline like Engineering or Mathematics?  Short...
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In this part, John will clarify some of the common mistakes done by practitioners. Such as using BPMN Models as an artifact ( deliverable) inside Zachman Framework Column 2, Row 2? Why it's wrong to compare Zachman Framework with other frameworks in the industry which are being used for doing Enterprise Architecture? John also shared his concern about some of the professionals who are qualifying themselves by simply glancing through his framework. Another area where there is so much to be done is related to the "emerging" role of Enterprise Architect and John was candid in his answer. But, the most...
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A hidden source of expensive waste in most organizations can be found in the process for seeking funding for projects. I’ll bet you are thinking, “Seriously?” to yourself right now. That’s the problem. No one really thinks about this process as a costly waste of scarce resources in an organization. And worse yet, very few organizations see the link between good business architecture and eliminating this wasteful loss. In the next several blog posts we’ll bring to light the cost of poorly constructed funding request processes that start well before the presentations are ever given before the approving body. More importantly...
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In this 22 part Enterprise Architecture conversation, John Zachman and I discussed why so many people misunderstand the Zachman Framework™. The Framework looks simple ... but it is somewhat paradoxical. It is an Ontology and as such, it is the foundation of a discipline for creating very complex objects, specifically, Enterprises. Simply glancing at the Framework graphic is not sufficient to become an expert.   Part 1 of 22: Why is the Zachman Framework so misunderstood?        Part 2 of 22: When did you realize the Zachman Framework was an ontology?   Part 3 of 22: What makes you...
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It was a great evening indeed.  27 companies from across the world walked away with the iCMG Architecture Excellence Award 2014 during the glittering awards night held at The Mövenpick Hotel, Bangalore on the 18th of November, 2014. The winners were selected from more than 170 nominations for four different categories - technical, business, enterprise and industry verticals.  Ronald Ross, considered to be the father of Business Rules, has graced the occasion by accepting the 'iCMG Hall of Fame Award', presented to him by John Zachman.   iCMG Hall of Fame iCMG Hall of Fame 2014 Ronald Ross   Father of...
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This year brought with it a few key trends that shape what you can expect from iCMG in 2015. With Architecture World Summit set to begin in less than a day and with 2015 at the doors we’re pleased to announce important services designed to add significant value to practicing Enterprise Architects and C-level executives globally.   TREND 1: Business-driven EA Businesses across the globe continue to embrace and expand their use of Enterprise Architecture to fundamentally improve their business performance. And with that trend we’ve experienced increasing demand for business-oriented guidance and training. This past year we introduced a popular...
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For all those attending the Architecture World Summit I send a sincere welcome! This conference was designed for you. But how will you get the most from the time you spend with us over the next 2 days? I've written this post for those of you who want to maximize the value you get from the summit now and in the coming year. Because that is what sets iCMG apart in the market place: putting the frameworks and principles to work. We're all about translating the theory into action that gets results with the highest quality in the shortest possible amount...
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Getting funding for that project that is near and dear to your heart is generally the least favorite activity of almost all of my clients. You’ve done your research and know in your heart it is the right thing to do and will bring the needed results to your company. But what I hear from my clients is that convincing others, especially those that may not have the passion for technology that you do, can be something like making a trip to the dentist: necessary, but painful. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The truth is that while each...
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Concerned about getting the funding you need to move an important project ahead? Not sure if you’ll succeed? Read on and discover how the Zachman Framework can help you in ways you may not have considered before. I consider the Zachman Framework an essential tool for building a wining business case and getting the funding you need. It offers at least three ways to build a better business case and increase the probability you’ll get the nod to proceed: It helps you “connect the dots” It clearly identifies the impacts of implementation It helps reduce risk of failure The rest of...
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